Rotary is proud to partner with Shakespeare Schools Festival

Rotary is proud to partner with Shakespeare Schools Festival

Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF) is a cultural education charity that gives young people across the UK the confidence to succeed in life.

The world’s largest youth drama festival lies at the heart of SSF’s transformative process. Every year, the Shakespeare Schools Festival works with thousands of pupils from every community, background and school type across the UK. Months of preparation culminate in exhilarating performance evenings in professional theatres nationwide; a night which can give confidence and self-esteem to last a lifetime.

The charity’s carefully tailored programmes, curriculum resources and standalone workshops improve teamwork and educational attainment. 97% of teachers say their students work better together as a team and 81% report improvements in academic attainment.

SSF engages diverse groups, including those with special educational needs and from minority ethnic backgrounds, and are passionate about reaching those living in areas of deprivation. With SSF, children gain the crucial skills they need to succeed in life. As Yusuf, aged 10 puts it: “In the future it helps you with a job, if you didn’t do this you may not have the guts.”

By delivering these results in every type of school, SSF promotes social inclusion and improves life chances.

Shakespeare Schools Foundation thanks all Rotary members who have supported them and the schools who participate in the Festival each year.

In 2015, Northwood Interact club performed Twelfth Night at the 600-seat Beck Theatre in Hayes, while Coed Cae Interact club gave A Midsummer Night’s Dream a 21st century twist, all with the help of Rotary volunteers.

One lucky SSF group even performed extracts from their Festival productions at the 2016 Rotary Conference in Bournemouth with the support of Call the Midwife star and SSF Patron, Jenny Agutter OBE.

You can support your community by buying tickets for your local performance and ensuring that every child performs to a full and engaged audience.

After months of preparation, children in your area are getting ready to take to the stage to share their achievements. For many, it will be their first experience in a theatre, let alone to perform in one. As partners to Shakespeare Schools Foundation, l we want to make sure that their first experience is as special as possible and that their Festival performance is truly celebrated.

Find a Shakespeare Schools Festival performance near you and contact theatres for tickets.

The relationship with SSF is therefore another opportunity for Rotary members to assist their community by bringing their individual skills to helping people develop skills towards fundraising, set building, costume making or in some circumstances helping fund the shortfall in registration for Festival participation.

If you are a school who would like Rotary’s assistance in getting involved in the Shakespeare Schools Festival, then please fill in the form below, and we will be in touch.


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